About Grateful Gardens

Grateful Gardens is the dream business of owner Timmy Critz. Today, Grateful Gardens is a licensed landscaping company offering services to the Truckee and surrounding communities. Grateful Gardens is ready to make your dream space come true. We specialize in custom landscaping projects from patios and decks to elevation changes and rock work to native selected plants and water features. Our team works hard to help clients realize their dream gardens and ideal home yards by designing, installing and maintaining custom outdoor environments.

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Our Team
Trisha Stickney

Trisha Stickney

Office Manager

Since Trisha joined Grateful Gardens in January of 2014, no one can remember how they got along without her. Trisha and Tim have worked together to build the company and develop the expertise of their exceptional team. Originally from Massachusetts, Trisha moved to the Tahoe area back in 2004. She’s passionate about the outdoors, skiing in the winter and hiking and camping in the summer. Along with her partner Marc, they bought their dream home on Donner Summit in 2019. Trisha has a wonderful 10 year old daughter, Teagan, and 6 year old dog, Louie. “We are living our best life here on Donner summit. We are truly blessed and so Grateful!”

Ashtin Stewart

Ashtin Stewart

Lead Foreman

Ashtin has been a dedicated and hard worker for Grateful Gardens since August 2015. A talented machine operator, Ashtin is our lead foreman on all our landscape installation jobs. He lives in Sparks with his partner, Noel, and daughter, Delila.

Mercedes Johnson

Mercedes Johnson

Numbers Master Bookkeeper

Mercedes joined our team in 2016. She is our behind-the-scenes numbers master! She has helped Grateful Gardens become a profitable, efficient, and top-service company since joining our team. She is dedicated to inspiring business owners with their true value and motivates the team at Grateful Gardens to do better each and every day. Mercedes and her partner Greg own a house on Donner Lake.

Tim Critz

Meet Our Founder
Timmy Critz

You Dream it. We Make it Happen.

Grateful Gardens was founded in 2006 out of a passion for creating dream landscapes in Truckee’s beautiful environment. Founder Timmy Critz and his team of landscape expert contractors and Truckee-knowledgeable gardeners share a beautiful vision for landscaping in the region. They specialize in regenerative land management, permaculture practices, and beautiful hardscapes. We love assisting and creating the vision with you. With Timmy Critz’s building expertise and deep design knowledge, Grateful Garden will be the quality choice for your landscape needs.

Timmy Critz grew up on a 1,000 acre dairy farm, the youngest of nine kids, with five sisters ahead of him. All of the outside chores like cleaning the pool and mowing the lawn fell on Tim. Soon, lawn mowing became a love. “There is something about the straight lines of planting a wheat field or mowing a large turf surface that has stuck with me my whole life,” says Critz. 

His father also owned a ski hill and that old Tucker grooming machine provided a year-round opportunity for Critz to practice making more straight lines. Thus, when he moved to the Tahoe area, he naturally began to landscape in the summers and groom snow in the winters. Critz developed his design skills and gardening knowledge through years of experience, and eventually founded Grateful Gardens in 2006. He still loves to play with big machines or simply work with a shovel to create living art pieces and maintain them to perfection.

“You can enjoy your outdoor space here in Truckee 24-7 with the right know-how. Now in our 16th year with the team I have assembled, we can take care of any size project that you could possibly envision.”

We would be grateful for an opportunity to introduce ourselves and our work to you. Please contact us for more information or a free consultation (530) 550-9372.

Our Grateful customers

“Grateful Gardens has supported us with utmost respect for the property and the welcomed critters that visit here. One rock-bordered and elevated planting bed was tenderly watched until the baby bunnies were mature enough for work to continue. This demonstrates the conscientious and dedicated attitude of Grateful Gardens.”